'Spider-Man' PS4 review: More than a heroic experience

Insomniac’s take on Spider-Man is a complete and spectacular 'Spider-Man' experience. It’s fast, fluid, funny and stays true to the character

Michaela Nadine Pacis

Published: 2:0 PM September 4, 2018

Updated: 7:31 AM September 4, 2018

Photos from Sony/Spider-Man

Whenever I think of Spider-Man I think of this youthful, eager superhero who refuses to be haunted by his tragic past. He’s energetic, he’s positive, and always willing to help out everyone in need. He is who he says he is – “Just your friendly neighborhood spider-man.”

And that identity translates through the entirety of Spider-Man for the PS4. From the portrayal to the plot to the cutscenes and even to the gameplay and mechanics of the game, the brand of Spider-Man is thoroughly stamped.

You could feel this immediately when you first take control of Spider-Man. If I can even describe his overall movement in the game with three words it’ll be “fast and fluid.”

Because to control Spider-Man, you don’t need fancy button pressing to dole out quick combos. It’s mostly a one-button-does-all, but the challenge is how creative can you get when dealing with multiple enemies at once or dealing with a massive one that’s difficult to take down.

Thankfully that creativity is fueled by 3 skill trees. The more skills you unlock, the fancier tricks you can use to your advantage.

And speeding through the gorgeous backdrop of Manhattan is just a matter of pressing or holding R1 near possible surfaces and occasionally pressing X for a bit of a boost. It’s only if you want to get fancy that you pull down L3 to dive. Of course, the fancier you swing, the more the game rewards you.

Over time you also discover just how much of an inventor Spider-Man is. One thing that’s often lacking in movies is Spider-Man’s affinity for creating. The game gives plenty of room for customizing Spider-Man’s suit, giving you a host of Suit Mods and Suit Powers to choose from, all of which you can mix and match without much restriction.  

Then there’s the man behind the mask himself, Peter Parker, who, in this game, is now a young adult with young adult problems. He’s 23, a genius but barely-paid assistant to a scientist; a volunteer for a non-profit organization that takes care of the homeless; a nephew to a loving and generous aunt; an ex-boyfriend to reporter Mary Jane Watson; and a late-paying tenant to a harsh landlord. You know, just your regular, old brand of adulthood – but with superpowers. 

But it’s not just these that make the story of Marvel’s Spider-Man so interesting. At the risk of sounding cheesy, almost every significant character in Peter’s life is also trying their best to be their own version of a superhero even when not endowed with superpowers. Peter’s boss, MJ, Miles, Aunt May, and Yuri Watanabe all strive to help in their own ways while being weighed down by their own issues.   

There are also the occasional hilarious bugs that come to play but that’s not much of a big deal.

But, that’s just about everything negative I can say about Spider-Man.

All in all, Insomniac’s take on Spider-Man is still a complete and spectacular Spider-Man experience. It’s fast, fluid, funny and real. It’s a game that stays true to Spider-Man’s character while also bringing more substance to the table, even when it gets a little overwhelming.

So whether or not you’re a Spider-Man fan, this Spider-Man game is definitely worth purchasing and seeing through the end. – Rappler.com